Taran takes a pre-ride snooze
Sporting yet another classy set of pants. I think they go GREAT with the jacket, don't you?
Bonus of showing your friend's horse: Friend takes care of all grooming and tacking. I could get used to this!
Taran's attempt at Haffie Hair. Not bad. (Pls ignore my right hand - I'm sure it wasn't under my direct control when this picture was taken.)
- Could my reins be any longer?
- Relax and stop trying so hard.
- Slow. The. Eff. Down.
Not the connection I was looking for.
Lots of right leg = straight horse.
It would have been nice if this had been the free walk during the test. Alas, it was not.
Could my reins BE any longer?
Here are the actual tests, if you're bored:
Score-wise, I was riding HC (my trainer was the judge) so I didn't get my scores added up. We were about 65% on both tests, which is generous. I was really hoping for a better ride, but that's all on me - Taran certainly didn't do anything wrong, and there were no major mistakes. I just need to put what we've been doing in lessons into the sandbox.
Our next show is a USDF rated show March 5-6. Between now and then, Taran is at my trainer's for a week while I'm traveling for work, but when I get back I'm really going to focus on better connection, better free walk, better stretchy trot, and better canter transitions. Hopefully we can be a little more connected at the next show - I feel like we're capable, I just need to make it happen. Fortunately, my trainer will be at the show, so hopefully she can apply her magic trainer dust and I'll be able to make a better show of it.
Oh, and for the record, I REMEMBERED MY TESTS!!!! :D
(All pics and video courtesy of MC. Thanks!)